El Bandito Mangaliza Testalonga 2023

El Bandito Mangaliza
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El Bandito Mangaliza Testalonga, Craig Hawkins, Natural, floral, rich, complex Harslevelu. made by Craig Hawkins, using the Hungarian grape variety called Hárslevelü planted in a single Swartland vineyard in 1971. This is the grape most commonly associated with Tokaji wines from Hungary. El Bandito Mangaliza has floral, peach and pear characteristics, as well as depth and poise. It also has a rich texture and long finish!

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Natural, Organic
Producer Craig Hawkins Testalonga
Country South Africa
Region Swartland, SA
Vintage 2023
Wine Type Dry White Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Harslevelu
Terroir From Boschgassfontein, aka the old Observatory Vineyard, planted in early ‘70s. With soils consist of old decomposing granite interspersed with quartz.
Alcohol 11.5% abv
Total Sulphur 31 mg/l
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Very good but there is so little, it never makes it!
Food Matching Light Dishes and Salads, Poultry, Spicy Foods

Craig Hawkins is a young winemaker based in the Swartland, South Africa, where he makes delicious natural wines at his farm called Banditskloof.

Having travelled extensively throughout Europe, and then worked as wine maker for Lammershoek, he now makes makes a huge variety of different wines under his own Testalonga label and has his own vines at the beautifully named 'Banditsskloof' farm in Swartland.  These are beautiful, natural hand-crafted wines from low yielding organic vines.  Craig only uses wild ferments and nothing is added except a little SO2 at bottling in some but not all the wines and vintages.

Over the years, Craig has expanded his repertoire and now makes some 15 different Cuvee including some delicious Pet Nat sparklers.  His wines continue to promote natural freshness, balance and quality and increasingly, a more precise and refined style.  The superb El Bandito Skin Contact Chenin Blanc is a very different wine from 12 years ago when we first tasted it and much more elegant and easy drinking.

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The Natural Wine Lexicon

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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El Bandito Mangaliza Testalonga 2023